HealthTeamWorks launches Primary Care First Support Program

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Free tool enables practices to forecast total Medicare payments under Primary Care First in preparation to successful program participation

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HealthTeamWorks, the Colorado-based, non-profit national leader in medical practice transformation, announced formation of its Primary Care First (PCF) Practice Support Program, a low-cost service suite designed to improve practice capabilities and boost performance in the new Primary Care First models announced in April by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. The practice support services include online coaching consultation, peer learning forums, and in-person collaborative learning to shared best practices that help practices optimize total Medicare payment under the PCF models.

HealthTeamWorks is also offering a free PCF Revenue Calculator Tool designed to help primary care practices better understand, prepare for and ultimately succeed in the PCF payment model. The tool uses Medicare Fee for Service revenue modeling as a comparator to further inform practices’ PCF business decision-making and planning. Free webinars demonstrating how to use the tool are scheduled for November 26 and December 11.

According to CMS, Primary Care First rewards practices for meeting quality and cost-of-care outcomes targets. PCF payment model options provide opportunities for advanced primary care practices to increase total Medicare payment and promise simpler reporting burdens.

“Primary Care First rewards high-functioning primary care practices that are successful in managing the health of populations and reducing hospital utilization,” said Bert Miuccio, HealthTeamWorks’ CEO. “With straightforward quality measures and the potential for increased total Medicare payment, it’s another entry point for high-performing primary care practices to thrive in the value-based payment environment.”

CMS will provide data and resources to guide the operational and care delivery aims that practices need to achieve to thrive in Primary Care First. HealthTeamWorks’ new PCF support services complement and supplement CMS’ resources and include a practice readiness assessment, coaching, and technical support that will not be provided by CMS.

“For our practices involved in SIM and CPC+, HealthTeamWorks’ coaching and learning collaboratives accelerated their ability to use data, improve patient care and lower costs, thereby achieving success in value-based delivery models,” said Timothy Dudley, MD, CMO, HealthONE Colorado Care Partners. “The power of expert coaching and peer learning is a key ingredient to practice transformation.”

“HealthTeamWorks’ deep experience supporting practices that thrive in advanced commercial and federal health insurance payment programs was the springboard to create our Primary Care First services—to support primary care practices on their pathway to success in this new model,” Miuccio said.

HealthTeamWorks PCF Support services are delivered virtually, so they’re both convenient and affordable. Practices collaborate during small-group coaching sessions and monthly topic-specific learning meetings. Flexible pricing includes a shared-risk option with a reduced cost to enroll.

“The benefits from participation in HealthTeamWorks’ PCF Support Collaborative aren’t limited to this model. They’ll accrue to commercial and other value-based contracts as well,” Miuccio said. “Our experience helping practices understand what drives high-cost care, optimize efficiency and improve experience of care for both patients and providers is the impact catalyst to drive practice quality outcomes and financial success.”

About HealthTeamWorks:
HealthTeamWorks leads providers, systems and payers on a proven pathway to increased effectiveness as they prepare for new payment models. By facilitating healing relationships of trust, we amplify the role and responsibility of each team member. Over more than 20 years, we’ve guided more than 5,000 practices to achieve higher quality care and financial sustainability. Learn more at

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